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Newsletter September 2012
September 10, 2012

Falc General Meeting at 7:00 at Quinlan Craft Room

September 13, 2012
  Next Steering Meeting will be September 13, 2012 at 7:00 at Panera.
October 8, 2012
  Next Quinlan painting change on October 8, 2012.
2012 FALC Membership

To participate in FALC sponsored shows and exhibits, one must be juried in as a exhibiting member. Artists who have submitted 3 pieces of original art which meet with the approval and acceptance of the voting members will be awarded "Exhibiting Membership".Jurying in will take place at most meeting.

Membership for continuing members is $30.00 per year, January through December. Only new members joining after July 1 will pay $15.00 for the second half of the year.

Membership form

General Meeting - September 10, 2012
FALC General Meeting, Quinlan Center, Craft Room, 10185 North Stelling Rd., Cupertino
Monday, September 10, 2012/ 7:00 PM - 9 PM
Landscapes in Acrylics

Artist's statement - "The use of vivid color and a range of textures are hallmarks of my paintings. Some landscape scenes are full of energy and drama. Here I tell my story with heightened contrasts and color shifts, using both brush and palette knife to bring texture and depth to the painting. Where scenes are quieter, such as the open space of California foothills on a misty morning, I use softer-edged brushwork and gentler color shifts to tell a story of serenity and calm. I aim to make every brushstroke count.

Some painting scenes I return to many times, each time expressing the day's unique light and energy. I'm drawn to the farms, ranches and acres of land in the Central Valley and Gold Country and continue to paint a series depicting these views. I often complete my floral paintings in the garden, dramatizing the color contrast between blossoms, leaves and the background.

Whether for a landscape or floral scene, I typically start my paintings with a thin, transparent wash of alizarin crimson and transparent red oxide. Next I paint a value study in the same colors on the canvas. These initial layers will go on to infuse the final painting with warmth. Later, when painting brushstrokes of greens, golds and blues over this value study, I intentionally allow tiny pops of the deep, transparent red to peek through, adding sparkle and liveliness to the final picture."

Karen displays her work at Studio Gallery in San Francisco and Viewpoints Gallery in Los Altos, CA. Her website is


2012 Nominations and Elections

We would like to ask that each FALC member give some thought to how they can be more involved with our club for 2012. The club has 50 talented members with many skills that are urgently needed to run the group. A club is only as good as it's members and if everyone takes turns at running the group we can achieve great results. Please ask yourself what you can do to contribute. We will do everything we can to make your involvement a positive experience and you will have plenty of guidance to help you get started. You may consider sharing a job with a friend. We invite nominations for any of the following vacant positions -

Vice President Shows & Events

We do not have a nomination for this position yet. Please consider volunteering for a year and learning to organize art shows with a fun group of people. It will be a wonderful learning experience.

Quinlan Hanging Coordinator

We need Quinlan Hanging Coordinator for changing the quinlan show every month.

Please contact Slava Shabrov (slava@shabrov.com) if you would like to discuss volunteering for any of the above vacant positions.

Profile of the Month

For everyone of us, life is a unique journey of learning and discovering, which is composed of many fleeting moments touching our heart--from the morning sunshine through the quietly opening flower petals, to a bright smile melting away hostility... A photographer is someone who is sensitive to such beautiful moment, capture it, and create resonance in the minds of people who view the photos. A successful photographer is a sharp observer and a great communicator. Through his/her lens we see the part of the world that was ignored before, and we get new feelings and understandings to things we thought we already knew.

Kathy Qi is on her way to become a photographer, fascinated by the amazing moments in nature and in life. She believes that we all born with the gift to be an artist, since it is our natural instinct to love and appreciate beautiful things. She found art not only reflects the artist's own creativity and imagination, but also conveys how we see and understand the world from an unique angle, as an individual. Seeing the world through other people's prospectives can often bring us totally new understanding to things we are already familiar with,which can help us to find new opportunities and open new communication channels. It is fascinating experience she enjoys and likes to share with you.

Everyday, seeing the world with children's curiosity and artist's sensitivity, we can always discover something new and exciting.

Our Next Show - Autumn Fest Show
Show Coordinator: Slava Shabrov-slava@shabrov.com

Autumn Fest 2012 Prospectus and entry form

Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Cupertino, Cupertino Parks and Recreation Commission, Fine Arts League of Cupertino.

Location: Cupertino Senior Center, 21251 Stevens Creek Blvd. Cupertino, CA 95014

Reception: September 21, 2012 8 PM

Show: September 22, 23, 2012 10 AM - 5 PM

Judge: Claire Verbiest

Shows to see
FALC does not endorse the classes, venues and events listed below. We simply list any information that we determine would be of interest to our members. If you have a show or reception that you would like to list in this section, please send the information (under 50 words) to janki_chokshi@hotmail.com along with a picture of the display if you have one.

Nature's Beauty in Silver and Silk : Gallery of Saratoga presents beautiful jewelary and colorful silk art.Exhibit : July 3rd - Aug. 5th, 2012. Gallery hours : Tues. - Sun. 11 am. - 6 pm. Address : 1445A Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA. Artist's Reception : July 21st, 2012 1-5 pm. For more information visit www.gallerysaratoga.com

Artist Access Days at Filoli : Filoli extends the opportunity for artists and photographers to have access to the gardens after hours. Experience the quiet beauty and stunning vistas of this rare and historical country estate. Photographers may use tripods; other artists may use easels and work in the medium of their choice. Artists provide all their own materials and storage containers for the removal of all used water and non-toxic cleaning fluids. No fluids of any type are to be disposed of at Filoli. Space is limited, pre-registration is highly recommended. Fee: per day: $20 for members; $25 for non–members. Non-members: Fee includes same day admission to Filoli. You are welcome to arrive anytime between 10:00 am – 2:30 pm, visit the historic House and Garden and scout locations for your next masterpiece. Dates : Thursdays— March 22, April 19, May 24, June 21, August 16, September 20 and October 18 Time: 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm To reserve your spot for this unique opportunity, visit www.filoli.org/special-events-and-exhibits/art-exhibits.html#artistaccess or call Member Services at (650 - 264 8300,ext 508).

Abstract7 : The Gallery, Fibre Arts Design Studio,935 Industrial Avenue,Palo Alto,CA 94303. Aug.2 - Sept.16,2012.7 artists explore things that go around. Opening Reception - August 2 at 6-8 pm. www.fibreartsdesign.com

Shows to Enter

Arts International Exhibit 2012 – El Paso Art Association www.artsinternat.com/prospectus.html Deadline: August 31, 2012

47th Annual Fine Art Show – Fremont Art Association www.FremontArtAssociation.org Deadline: Sept 17, 2012

“Addiction” – Vargas Gallery, Mission College email for info: curatorshow@2xtreme.net Deadline: Sept 24

3rd Annual Women’s Journaling Alpine Retreat Join us, SEPT 9-14, 2012, for the 3rd Annual Women’s Journaling Alpine Retreat in the Sierras near Bear Valley with Elaine Frenett and Jean Warren, as we journal with PAINT and WORDS along shimmering Lake Alpine, the forest trails and in our cozy cabins. Savor women's energy and the FAB food (our Culinary Institute Chef's Encore performance!!) - All included. Sign-up by July 15 for two extra days! http://visualartjournaling.wordpress.com/itinerary-2012-retreat/ or call Jean: 707-875-9240 or Elaine: 541-944-2196 .

Gallery 9 in Los Altos (a coop gallery) invites artists in all media to apply for membership. Gallery 9 has 30 artists displaying work in acrylics, oils, mixed media, water media, photography, ceramics and jewellery. Address: 143 Main Street, Los Altos. 650.941.7969 gallery9losaltos.com. Contact Suej McCall at (408) 295-6523 for membership info and the jurying process.

Scapes: Land, Sea, Urban: Pacific Art League introduces National Competition and Exhibition. Open to all artists residing in the U.S. Sept. 4th, 2012 is the deadline for Submissions of Entries. Entry fees are Non-members: $20/1 entry, $35/2, $10/each additional entry • Members: $15/1 entry, $25/2, $5/each additional entry$25.00 for up to 3 entries. MAIL ENTRIES TO: 668 Ramona St. Palo Alto, CA 94301 For Exhibiting rules and schedule of events please visit www.pacificartleague.org .

The Cupertino Library Art Display sponsored by the Library Foundation is now taking applications from artists who would like to display their work at the Cupertino Library on a 9' x 9' space for a period of 2 months. The library takes no commission on sales and there is no charge for displaying there. The application form is at http://cupertinovideo.cupertino.org/libraryfoundation/ArtistInfoForm/



Anna Lee Steed will be teaching a painting class for oil and acrylic painters at the Quinlan Center in Cupertino starting January 9th. Classes will be on Mondays from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Students will paint abstracts, still life and landscape. As always, Anna Lee’s lessons will have a strong focus on color. Painters of all levels are welcome, extra help for beginners. Cost is $150 for five classes Please contact Anna Lee at 831-662-8979 for more information, a registration form and the material list. See Anna Lee’s paintings online at www.linstromart.com.

Mike Kirschel Learn and practice oil painting (or acrylic) in the Monta Vista neighborhood of Cupertino. Beginning and advanced students welcome, class focus is on painting and picture making fundamentals with an emphasis on composition and color. Indoor studio painting is Wednesdays mornings, 9:30 - 12:00 and outdoor painting on location is on Saturdays also 9:30-12:00. Private and small group lessons are also available. Please visit the website at www.kirschel.com for more information or call Mike Kirschel at 650-521-1856.

Zoya Scholis conducts advanced, intermediate and beginners watermedia painting classes through the FUHSD Sunnyvale Cupertino Adult education and at the Cupertino Senior Center. She also conducts Mixed Media Workshops and Collage Workshops in the summer. For more details please visit http://www.ace.fuhsd.org. Contact Zoya at zoya@artforpersonalgrowth.com

Stefan Bauman Weekly Oil painting classes in Saratoga the first and third week of each month Mondays from 6-9pm and Tuesdays from 10 - 1pm. Please call 415 606-9074 or email stefan_baumann@yahoo.com. More Info at www.thegrandview.

Joy Kuo Teaching Chinese Brush Painting Beginner or Advance students on Wednesday morning 10:00am.-12:00pm at Joy's studio 154 Quail Hollow Dr. San Jose, CA 95128 . $40.00/per class. Please call 408-598-6085 or email kuojs@yahoo.com.

Martha Zlatar is an Artist Success Coach who can help you define your unique goals for your art and support you in the process. Coaching is a wonderful way to be accountable for your actions. Martha will help you identify what you want to do, when will you do it by and how will you get it done. Please contact her for a complimentary half hour phone consultation at 415-839-8085 or email her at martha@artmatch-coach.com.

Collage Workshop with Kay Duffy - Kay will show you how to color and create texture on special oriental papers. These lovely papers are very absorbent and often imbedded with fibers or patterns. These papers will be used to create abstract patterns. For more info K@dayduffywatercolors.com Saturday September 15, 2012 9:30-3:30pm in the workshop area at Hakone Gardens, Saratoga $55/day includes most supplies and a sample packet of papers; additional papers may be purchased. Your reservation is a check made out to Kay Duffy, 20637 Leonard Road, Saratoga, CA 95070. Space is limited! A more complete information sheet will be sent. Virtual gallery www.kayduffywatercolors.com. Kay also teaches on-going WATERCOLOR CLASSES, every 2nd and 4th Monday morning drop in at 9:30. $20/ class.

SCVWS offers a 10 week painting course with Mike Bailey, Watercolor Beyond the Obvious. It also offers SCVWS 2012 workshop brochure. You can register on their website at www.scvws.org Info: 650-941-8073.


Resources Page on website
Please check out our Artist Resources page which lists many recommendations by FALC artists. Members are welcome to submit their recommendations for the organizing committee to review. Please make your recommendations as detailed as possible and let us know what you find useful. Submit your recommendations to the form at the bottom of this page and add "Artist Resources recommendation" to your subject line.
Gallery Pages

If you have not done so already, please don't forget to send us the information we require to create a gallery page for you. For instructions on sending in your information, please visit submit new allery page and email all necessary information to Janki Chokshi email: janki_chokshi@hotmail.com

Panel Rental

Panels are available for rent all year at $5/weekend for members and $7 / weekend for non-members. There will be a $25 charge for checks returned due to insufficient funds. For panel rental and availability please email Carrie Zeidman at czeidman@elanstudios.net or call her at 408-741-5809.

FALC Guidelines - Criteria for Jurying-in new members

FALC has been fortunate this year to welcome many new members and we can look forward to many others being interested in joining our club. One of the questions that we get asked the most from current members and those who are interested in joining is about our criteria for acceptance. Our process is clear and simple. Anyone who wants to join needs to bring three pieces of art to one of our meetings. The members present at that meeting will vote, and, if a 2/3 majority of people approve, that person will be accepted, pay their dues, and become an exhibiting member.

As a juried club, FALC strives to maintain a certain standard of proficiency since organizations that invite us to exhibit assume a certain selectivity. One rule of thumb commonly used when voting in new members is to ask yourself this question - Would I like to exhibit with this work? Would this new work add to the reputation of the club? Just as we support each other by bringing our best work to shows and by providing new, fresh work for the painting changes at Quinlan, we can use our Artists' eyes to make decisions about what work will be hanging beside us at the next show.

Voting "no" during the jurying-in process does not bar an artist from joining the club. The artist can still be a member, just not an "exhibiting member". Non-exhibiting members can attend demos and meetings that provide an environment for their art to grow. As they continue to develop their skills, they are welcome to jury in at a later date.

FALC Guidelines - Copyrighted material

The laws regarding copyrighted material are complex and not uniform from state to state. In order to avoid liability and the burden of determining whether a particular image involves copyright infringement, FALC has created the following guidelines for member artists. FALC assumes that it is the respoinsibility of the artist to honestly follow these guidelines and assumes no liability for work that is submitted or displayed not following these guidelines. It reserves the right to disqualify a painting if there is reasonable doubt about copyright infringement or plagiarism.

  • Work entered for a show must be the artist's original work in concept and execution.
  • It cannot be copied from copyrighted material or photographs belonging to another person or organizaion except with the copyright holder's explicit written permission.
  • It cannot be the reproduction of a painting done by another person even if the original artist is acknowledged on the painting.
  • It cannot be the reproduction of a historic painting.
FALC Board 2012
President: Slava Shabrov
Vice President: Janki Chokshi - Website and Newsletter
Vice President: Vacant
Program and Publicity: Belinda Lima
Treasurer: Joy Kuo
Secretary: Iona Ezaki
Membership: Kathy Qi / qiji2005@gmail.com
Refreshments: Yao-Pi Hsu
Demo Coordinator: Nina Uppaluru
Online Gallery pages: Janki Chokshi
Artist of the Month Updates: Janki Chokshi
Quinlan Show Coordinator:Vacant
Panel rental: Carrie Zeidman
Greeting Table: Kalpana Adesara
Online mail: Kalpana Adesara

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